Canadians need to care more about caregivers: U of T researcher
2019-04-12 from utoronto.ca
Over 35 per cent of Canada’s workforce are caregivers. The balancing act it takes to manage employment and caregiving responsibilities is not only detrimental to the Canadian economy with an estimated loss of $1.3 billion annually, it is also leading to negative health outcomes for spouses, children, neighbours, and friends who find themselves caring for a loved one.
Nathan Stall knows first-hand the toll that caregiving can take. The PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, watched his grandmother take on the role of primary caregiver for his grandfather who had dementia. The stress and neglect of his grandmother’s own health led Stall to consider the trajectory of caregiving in a different way.
“We provide little to no training for caregivers yet we expect them to carry out complex tasks like managing medication regimens, dealing with complicated behaviours and being navigators and advocates for fragile individuals,” said Stall, who is also a trainee with the department of medicine’s Eliot Phillipson Clinician-Scientist Training Program.
Stall recently published an editorial in the Canadian Medical Association Journal where he expands on the nature of caregiving and its impact on the Canadian health system and the economy. Rebecca Biason of IHPME caught up with Stall to learn more about caregiving in Canada and the ways in which many caregivers are often overlooked.
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